Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life LPFat Possum Records
Vinyl LP pressing with bonus seven inch. For a decade or so, Courtney Marie Andrews has been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists, from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter. With plans to settle down for a bit and focus on her own songs, Courtney moved to the Northwest in 2011 to record her 2013 full-length On My Page. However, the record had hardly been released before she was on the road again performing other artists' songs, eventually leading her overseas to play guitar and sing with Belgian star Milow. At the tour's end, though, the other session players joined her to record her 2014 EP Leuven Letters in one take. It was during this time that Courtney also wrote many of the songs on 2016's Honest Life. She found herself realizing the impact of growing up on the road and this constant reconciling between her and other's art and identity. Courtney produced the entire record herself at Litho Studios in Seattle with recording engineer Floyd Reitsma.